Maurice C. Ruffin, an associate with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese, has been selected to receive the Louisiana State Bar Association’s President's Award for 2007-2008. Mr. Ruffin was selected for this honor because of his many contributions to the community and profession, particularly his work with diversity issues and his efforts to establish a "Choose Law" program in Louisiana Schools. LSBA President S. Guy deLaup will present the award to Mr. Ruffin at the General Assembly on June 12, 2007, during the Bar’s annual convention in Sandestin, Florida.
Mr. Ruffin, a member of the Commercial Disputes Resolution and Health Care Litigation Practice Teams, is experienced in the areas of business litigation, drug and medical device, product liability and railroad and casualty litigation. He is active in an active member of the New Orleans, Louisiana and American Bar Associations, as well as the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Ruffin is Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyer's Section of the New Orleans Bar Association and a past Chair of its Bar & Grille Committee. In the past, he has chaired the New Orleans Bar Association's annual High School Mock Trial Competition. Mr. Ruffin has also volunteered his time to the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, the HELP program and Louisiana Appleseed. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Desire NOLA. He is a member of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee.
Mr. Ruffin received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 2003. He was a member of Law Review and was a member of the moot court team that won the 2002 Association of Trial Lawyers of American state competition. Mr. Ruffin was elected class speaker by the Loyola Law School graduating Class of 2003. He served as a Board Member of the Loyola Chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and was the Treasurer of the Black Law Student Association. He also taught legal research and writing and served as a research assistant. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of New Orleans in 2000, where he received the award for Outstanding Service to the College of Liberal Arts.
Adams and Reese has offices in Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer Magazine includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top 200 firms - “The AmLaw 200.” The National Law Journal also lists the firm on the “NLJ 250” of the nation’s largest law firms.